One thing every dedicated pet owner have in common is this: they’re always thinking of their furbabies.
In some weird way, it’s kind of like having your own child (no offense, moms!). And why is that?
One: because you’re constantly wondering where they are and what they’re doing.
Two: when making plans, you consider if you’ll be home in time to feed them and worry that they’re going to be too cooped up at home.
Three: if you’re planning a trip somewhere, you go in search for the best pet-sitting service there is.
Four: You spend so much money on them. Like, so so much money.
It’s something non-pet owners may never understand until they get a furbaby of their own. Which is why not everyone will get this, but the truth is: if you’re getting microblading, you need to consider how it will affect your pets, too.
Microblading aftercare affects pets
Getting microblading itself is hassle-free. You go to the microblading clinic. You consult with a microblading artist. Then, you lie down for an hour and get brand new brows.
Or lips. Or scalp, areola, or lash line. It’s microblading. The possibilities are endless (with one exception).
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However, there is the matter of aftercare.
Aftercare, as the name suggests, means you care for the area post-microblading. This is to avoid the possibility of infection and to ensure the results look just as you desire.
And there will be adjustments in your life for a month or so after your permanent makeup procedure—which means your beloved pet will need to adjust a bit, too.
Why do I need aftercare?
At the end of the day, microblading really is just a tattoo technique. So, like with other tattoos, you need to nurse your skin a bit after microblading, so it can make a full recovery.
To perform microblading, artists use a specialized microblading tool that will (1) make tiny incisions in your skin and (2) deposit ink pigments in your skin.
As you can imagine, this can stress out the treated area for quite some time afterward. But with proper aftercare, you can help your skin transition from sore to super-looking.
Wait—is microblading even safe?
It is. Most states have regulations concerning microblading, so a certified microblading clinic will be a safe bet for your needs.
Of course, all cosmetic procedures (and tattoos) still carry risk with them. Infection is the biggest risk in particular, followed by scarring.
That’s why it’s essential that you find a microblading clinic with a stellar reputation. Not only will reputable microblading clinics have skilled artists, but they also ensure proper sanitation and sterilization of tools. After all, they’re looking after their brand name.
You should also consider getting organic microblading, which is basically just microblading using organic ink pigments. Organic ink is quicker to heal and carries no harmful chemicals. It also comes in a wide variety of colors, so anyone can get it and look good.
The essential guide to microblading for pet owners
To be clear, microblading does not pose a risk to your pets. It’s more that your pets unwittingly pose a risk to your microblading.
If you’re a pet owner who’s planning on getting permanent makeup, you need to plan ahead for the both of you.
Microblading aftercare for pet owners
The basic principle for aftercare is this: no contact.
That means, for 4 to 6 weeks, you can’t expose the treated area to:
- Human skin, especially if dirty
- Animal fur
- Too much sunlight
- Any chemicals like lotion, makeup, and sunscreen
Additionally, this is what you can expect to happen during the healing period:
- Day 1. The treated area looks perfect, although the color will appear bolder than promised.
- Days 2 to 4. The treated area looks darker, sharper, and more intense than expected.
- Days 5 to 8. The treated area begins flaking and scabbing. Do not pick at the flakes and scabs!
- Days 9 to 13. The treated area looks waxy, and colors look unsaturated or dull.
- Day 14 onwards. The color of the treated area now appears normal, evened out, and smooth. Note, however, that the skin hasn’t completely healed yet at this point.
- Day 30: The skin has healed completely and is ready to return to its regular skin care routine.
Here’s a list of tips that will guide you as your skin heals.
- Sleep next to Max or Mr. Meowington. If you cuddle next to your pets, then some sacrifice is required. To avoid any accidental touching of the area, avoid sleeping somewhere your pets can reach you.
- Give them a bath. There will be increased risk of getting water, shampoo, or soap near the treated area. That, and fur might end up touching your new brows or lips.
- Go on a walk. If you need to work out, you should do it indoors or at a gym. Sunlight can negatively affect the treated area. Avoid getting sweat on the area, as well.
- Cuddle. Sounds lonely, we know, but you need to avoid any fur getting near the area. Don’t hug or kiss your pets for now (sorry!).
- Get the pets a pet bed. Just for a month or so. Make sure the bed is also located outside of your bedroom.
- Go to the groomers. There’s certainly some satisfaction to be had from giving pets a bath. However, for the time being, you should take the furry ones to a groomee so you don’t jeopardize your microbladed area.
- Find a dog walker beforehand. You doggos need exercise. And since you’ll be out of commission for a while, you need to find someone to sub for you.
- Change the sheets after your procedure. Make sure any trace of fur or beauty products is gone. Otherwise, they might come in contact with the area.
- Watch out for red flags. Immediately contact your microblading artist if you spot or experience any of the following:
- Prolonged redness in the area
- Prolonged swelling or tenderness in the area
- A foul green or yellow discharge
Other aftercare reminders
Now that we’ve got the pet-related instructions taken care of, here are other crucial guidelines for your aftercare:
- Hands off. Avoid touching the area with your hands. Don’t let anyone else touch it with theirs, either.
- Hoard blotting paper. If you have oily skin, blot your microbladed eyebrows so they don’t come in contact with your face’s natural oils.
- Chemical ban. Don’t apply any makeup, lotion, or any other product on the area.
- Waterproof-proofed. Do not use waterproof mascara for 30 days after microblading eyeliner on.
- The cold never bothered me anyway. Apply cold compress on your microbladed eyeliner or lip to alleviate discomfort or pain. You can also use ice water twice or thrice a day to loosen any forming crusts on the lip.
- Nerds unite. Refrain from using contact lenses as your microbladed eyeliner heals. Use glasses instead.
- Swish swish. Use mouthwash after brushing your teeth. This is to kill any germs before they reach your microbladed lips.
- Straws up. To avoid water touching your microbladed lips, use a straw for the next month or so.
- One drink too many. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, as alcohol can slow down the healing process.
- Dull diet. Refrain from eating food that is too spicy. Spicy food can slow down your healing process significantly.
- Delay the derma. Avoid any cosmetic treatments during the healing period, like fillers, laser, and chemical peels.
- The secret ingredient. Don’t use products that contain Retin-A or Glycolic Acid, as these can also slow down the healing process.
IMPORTANT: Don’t skip your touch-ups
Similar to all other tattoos, microblading can fade with time. Touch-ups are essential to maintain your desired look, so they’re considered part of your (extended) aftercare.
Your microblading artist will prescribe required touchups, but generally, you can expect them to happen on:
- A few weeks after the initial procedure
- 2 or 3 months after the initial procedure
- Annually after the initial procedure
Of course, touchups depend on how well your skin takes to the ink pigment and how well you perform the recommended aftercare.
It may seem a little tiresome to think about, but in truth, you’re saving up on tons of time and money. Think about how long putting on your brows takes you—and how much product you consume. Microblading is an investment, yes, but it’s one that actually pays off.
Aftercare can be easy
With this guide, you can focus on helping your skin heal. Keep this article bookmarked, so you have an easy reference to visit from time to time!
For more information about aftercare, read Microblading aftercare: What to do now that you have great brows and Microblading: The aftercare period.
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